Monday, October 03, 2005

Ah, Dude!!!

Daniel, one of the blog’s regulars, asked what we thought about the posting of dead from Iraq on a porno site.

Here’s my two cents. I’m appalled by it. I know that there’s always some fringe
Bizarro element in the military - creeps that like to cut off ears and such. I know war can do ugly things to a person. But, posting dead bodies so you can get free porn - now that’s enterprising. Talk about killing two birds with one mortar round. I just wonder who these guys are? Our lovely volunteer army. A few good men. A few psychopaths. What’s the difference, right? Did the military put an ad in Mutilation Monthly to get these rejects? Are these all-American boys who believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of twisted obsessions?

And let me say this before I get a bunch of wackos saying I don’t support the troops.
I support good people who are doing the best they can in a needless war our crazy administration saw fit to pursue. But I will not support people getting their freak on posing next to dead, charred bodies, like they just scored a touchdown at the homecoming game. There is no honor in this. It's sick and depraved.

Even more appalling? It doesn’t look like the military’s going to investigate.
So let’s just wink and look the other way. And someday, these guys are coming home. Lock up your daughters…

The problem is, our behavior only fuels their behavior.

On a related topic, you should see what some people have gotten through emails.
Today, I saw a video of an American pilot blasting some people in Iraq into oblivion.
The dialogue between the pilot and his base went something like this:
PILOT: I see a number of individuals coming out onto the street. Should I take them out? (On the video, you see about a dozen small figures walk out of a doorway onto the street. They're not running. They're leisurely walking. You can't even tell if they are men, women or children.)
BASE: Affirmative
PILOT: 10 seconds...(The pilot launches a missile at them)
Then a huge explosion envelops these people.
But the kicker is what the guy at the base says. He must have had a simultaneous video connection. He sees the explosion and says:
Ah, Dude!!!

Ah, Dude!!! Like awesome man! In his mind, the pilot just racked up huge points in the ultimate video game. What are we fighting over there? Bill & Ted’s excellent adventure in Fallujah?


Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Saw that footage a while ago, in the modern age of easy information sharing the military keep making these gaffs. Stuff that has no doubt always been happening is now able to be beamed across the globe ultra quick.

What's worse is the lack of coverage on the matter in the media, this is a serious offence.

1:25 AM, October 04, 2005  
Blogger United We Lay said...

It's bad, but if you ask most boys why they want to join the military, they say, "Because I want to blow shit up", and lighting something up like that it a bit like a fireworks display. It is a very quick escape from the reality of what they're doing. This is a difficult job. They shouldn't be taking pictures of it, but I don't think we can hold them responsible for everything they say when they're in the middle of a war.

9:26 AM, October 04, 2005  
Blogger Mz. Pig said...

Dan took the words right out of my mouth. This, sadly, has always happened. We literally send boys to fight wars. Yes, some are fine, good men and others have no hope of becoming. How much quicker our 'disputes' would be resolved if the old engaged.

2:11 PM, October 04, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Not to mention the intense need of the military to siphon off new groups of fighting men from categories heretorfore considered "undesirable", as their need to put the bodies into the war theater is ever-present. Don't think that doesn't have an impact.

9:23 PM, October 04, 2005  
Anonymous Adan Ochoa said...

Very nice. Keep up the good work.

5:23 AM, November 28, 2005  

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